Swansea are in talks with Newcastle striker target Aleksandar Mitrovic according to reports this morning.
The Anderlecht forward has long been linked with a Newcastle move and despite claims by the Belgian club that he won’t be leaving, the fact they have no Champions League football next season would seemingly guarantee their star asset will be desperate for a move and financially the club will have to sell.
Both Anderlecht and Mitrovic’s agent have been happy to regularly comment on the player’s situation, suggesting further that they are just driving up interest for a sale this summer, with now The Sun reporting that Swansea are in talks with the Belgian club over a £12m move.
The newspaper say that Newcastle are still interested but it is Swansea who have gone in strong for the 20 year old with massive potential, who this past season scored 26 goals from 46 starts for Anderlecht.
The reports say that Swansea see Aleksandar Mitrovic as a similar signing to Wilfried Bony, a striker who can translate his goalscoring form to the Premier League and then realistically, eventually move on for a big profit. Ironically the £16m or so profit Swansea made on Bony would more than fund any deal.
Mitrovic played for Serbia on Saturday night in a 2-0 defeat by Denmark which puts a dent in their hopes of Euros qualification.
Albania are one place behind Serbia and they played a friendly last night against France, making it three defeats in the last four for Didier Deschamps’ team. Both Moussa Sissoko and Yohan Cabaye watched the whole match from the bench.
Only last month Dragan Duric claimed in Serbian newspaper Mondo that a £15m deal has been agreed to take Aleksandar Mitrovic from Anderlecht to Newcastle.
Duric is the former Partizan Belgrade president who sold the striker to Anderlecht and picked up a lot of criticism at the time.
However, Dragan Duric claimed he had been vindicated because as well as the initial €5m Partizan picked up at the time, the then President had a clause inserted that entitled the Serbian club to 20% of any profit, with Duric claiming that Partizan would now pick up a further €3.4m.
This is what Dragan Duric told Mondo in May:
“All of you criticised me when I sold Mitrovic and now it has turned out that it was an excellent move.
“We sold him for €5m and now Partizan will gain another €3.4m – a total of €8.4 million of one player. According to my information, the transfer of Mitrovic to Newcastle is a done deal, it is a matter of time before he signs.”
At that time, Anderlecht General Manager, Herman Van Holsbeeck, said that there was no truth in the story and nothing had been agreed between Newcastle and Anderlecht.